Harmanpreet extends Sydney Thunder contract, Mandhana signed by Hobart Hurricanes

first_imgIndian women’s Twenty20 team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has extended her stay at Sydney Thunder for the fourth season of the Women’s Big Bash League. Harmanpreet, the first India player to be signed up by a BBL team, proved a useful all-rounder for Sydney Thunder.Harmanpreet was the top scorer for Thunder in the second season when she amassed 296 runs in 12 innings with a strike rate of 117 and an average of 59.20. Not surprisingly then, she was adjudged Thunder’s Player of the Tournament.Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana, the vice-captain of India’s T20 side, has been roped in by Hobart Hurricanes for the T20 league. The attacking opening batter previously appeared for Brisbane Heat in the WBBL 02 season.Having posted her maiden international hundred in an ODI against Australia at Blundstone Arena in 2016 in Tasmania, Smriti said she is looking forward to showcasing her talent for the new team.”I’ve heard from many players that the Hurricanes group is a great squad to be around and I can’t wait to get to Tasmania for the matches,” she said.Hurricanes’ coach Salliann Briggs said he was delighted with her squad’s final signing.”Mandhana is a proven performer on the world stage, we saw that just last week with her knock against the Aussies,” she said.”I can’t wait to see her in purple, she’s an exciting addition not only for us but for the whole competition.”Women’s Big Bash League starts from December 1 when Perth Scorchers take on Hobart Hurricanes in the first match in Melbourne.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img